"Moving forward, beyond the borders. Take warning, my day has come"

-The Dirty Heads

I hope that this page can help to inspire, support, and give thanks. 

On April 26, 2018 I underwent an amputation of my lower left leg.  I will be posting here throughout the epic journey. Feel no sadness for me for my time has come and I can move forward. For 18 years I have been in a bad relationship with my lower left leg and its time we broke it off, Literally...

please play me while reading, this is a song called Day By Day by the band The Dirty Heads. It lifts me, inspires me, drives me...
  • Shawn Rohe

Dr. James D. Michelson, MD

I'd like to take a moment and shout out to the good Doctor, I couldn't ever say how amazing this man is. Dr.Michelson and his staff at the foot and ankle center here at UVM are brilliant. He busted his butt to get me back up and moving. A little over a month ago I felt as though I was going to forever be a "useless cripple." Things had gotten to a point where I could barely walk or work for more than a few hours. The term "useless cripple" is intense I know, but that is what I was thinking about myself. When Jamie and I came over and had the hard conversation with him about the future of my leg; his compassion and understanding of the situation felt like nothing short of a miracle. For the first time I did not feel as though I was going crazy. I have asked for this in the past and it always seemed as though I got a look like I should be having my head checked not my leg. Dr.Michelson has always been straight forward about my foot and the possible options. He took time out of his busy schedule and treated me as though I was not just another patient and paycheck. I would highly recommend him if you are struggling with foot and ankle pain. In my opinion there isn't a finer orthopedic surgeon that I or anyone could have. As I said to him when we were leaving the office and I was heading home to make the decision; "Thank you so much for listening to me and not treating me like I was crazy." I promise I will bust my ass everyday, because you and your staff have given me a second chance at life. I am forever indebted to you.

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